Women's competition a possibility for Ballarat Cricket Association

A STANDALONE women’s competition looms as one of the big projects under a three-year strategic plan being developed by the Ballarat Cricket Association.

BCA president David Nichols told The Courier the league would meet with representatives from the region’s clubs and Cricket Victoria this Sunday to begin formulating guidelines for the future.

“We want to really review where the cricket association is at. We have had a lot of input from clubs and from that we have come up with five key pillars and objectives,” Nichols said.

“They revolve around juniors and junior cricket, clubs and club development, the structure and the way we play the game, community and greater involvement as a whole within the community of Ballarat and then the brand of the cricket association.

“(We have) the view within three years we want to become the premier regional cricket association in Victoria.”

Nichols said women’s cricket is high on the agenda.

“We’d really like to see within three years the BCA have a presence in women’s cricket within the entity of the cricket association,” he said.

There is currently no organised women’s competition in Ballarat, but there has long been girls playing against the boys in Ballarat junior grades. Central Highlands pathway squads cater for young and talented female cricketers, while Napoleons-Sebastopol fields a senior side in the Victorian Women’s Cricket Association.

A second meeting is expected to be held on June 18 before the strategic plan is complete in time for the BCA’s annual general meeting.

tim.oconnor@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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